Kentucky Historical Society
New Historical Marker Notes Rural Electrification in South-Central Kentucky

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, June 11, 2014  
Contact Information:  Janene Zaccone

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 12, 2014) – The Kentucky Historical Society will unveil June 19 in Cave City a historical marker that notes the significance to south-central Kentucky of a national effort to bring electricity to rural areas. The 3 p.m. CDT event will be at 6014 N. Jackson Highway.


The marker text recalls Jan. 12, 1939, when the Goodnight substation in Barren County was energized, bringing electricity to 107 homes along 51 miles of power line. The substation was the first one in the Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative (RECC) service territory. A group of area farmers formed the cooperative in 1938 to bring electric power to rural residents.


Rural electrification in the 1930s was made possible largely through the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), a federal program created as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal.


The marker also notes the benefits of rural electrification to south- central Kentucky: an improved quality of life, increased agricultural production and economic development.


Farmers RECC sponsors the marker.


More than 2,200 historical markers statewide tell Kentucky’s history. More information about the marker application process, a database of markers and their text and the Explore Kentucky History app, a virtual tour of markers by theme, is at KHS administers the Kentucky Historical Marker Program in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.


For more information, contact Becky Riddle, Kentucky Historical Marker Program coordinator, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4474 or



The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about KHS and its programs, visit